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24 Nov 2021, 4:13pm Etel Adnan obituary
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Poet and artist who maintained her links to the Middle East throughout her lifeIf Etel Adnan’s poetry and prose was characterised by its mournful evocation of her native Lebanon’s turbulent history, often seen through the eyes of an émigré, then her painting, for which she found further fame later in life, was infused with a joyous sense of colour. For Adnan, who has died aged 96, the two disciplines were complementary. “My writing is rather pessimistic, because of the angle of history I got involved with,” she said. “Words are social. I think it’s more natural if an event bothers you to express it in words. Art also is a kind of language – but it’s a language of feeling. When I paint, I am happy.”
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24 Nov 2021, 11:03am Time to sashay away? Why Drag Race UK risks losing its cheeky charm
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With shock eliminations and rushed challenges, the third series hasn’t compared to previous brash, irreverent outings. It’s time to bring back the authenticity – and the joy In recent years, RuPaul’s
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24 Nov 2021, 10:45am Fabrice Monteiro’s best photograph: a spirit emerges from a rubbish dump in Senegal
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‘The model is holding a child’s doll, looking out over the wreckage. It represents the future generations we’re condemning to environmental catastrophe’ Outside Dakar, Senegal’s capital, is a rubbish dump with its own name:
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24 Nov 2021, 9:59am Paint the stage red: plays about artists – in pictures
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As the Young Vic announces it will premiere The Collaboration, Anthony McCarten’s
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24 Nov 2021, 9:34am Basquiat and Warhol’s ‘intimate friendship’ explored in Young Vic drama
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Jeremy Pope and Paul Bettany play the art legends in The Collaboration staged by artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah It promised to be a knockout exhibition, with both artists wearing boxing gloves on the poster. But the eagerly anticipated 1985 show of joint works by old master Andy Warhol and bright new star Jean-Michel Basquiat was thumped by critics when it opened in New York. Now, the story behind the exhibition is being told in a new play at the Young Vic theatre in London. The world premiere of Anthony McCarten’s drama The Collaboration will be staged by the Young Vic’s artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah, with Paul Bettany (Wandavision) playing Warhol and Jeremy Pope (One Night in Miami) as Basquiat. Kwei-Armah said the production, which will be designed by Anna Fleischle, “invites us behind the iconography and fame, and inside the intimate friendship between two artists”. The story would ask audiences “to lean in closely and challenge our preconceptions” he added.
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24 Nov 2021, 8:28am Battlefield 2042 review – war in the eye of the storm
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PC, Xbox One/Series X/S, PlayStation 4/5; Dice/EA
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24 Nov 2021, 8:00am JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass review – Oliver Stone returns to the grassy knoll
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This doc is packed with facts about the assassination – the subject of Stone’s 1991 movie – yet is frustratingly short on answers On and on and on it goes. After 30 years, Oliver Stone has released this documentary as a kind of update or companion piece to his gripping
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24 Nov 2021, 7:13am True Story review – Wesley Snipes and Kevin Hart cannot salvage ludicrous crime caper
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Snipes and Hart are both utterly compelling as brothers forced to dispose of dead bodies in the new Netflix thriller, but it all ends up feeling … unnecessary Are we still surprised that comedians and comic actors can turn their hands to drama? Or are we sophisticated enough to know now that if you can do comedy, you can do anything. It’s trying to go the other direction that generally holes performances below the waterline.
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24 Nov 2021, 7:00am Top 10 novels and stories of the 1970s | Hilma Wolitzer
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In a decade when feminism brought a new weight to the treatment and status of women in fiction, the best male writers began to take domestic life seriously Looking back at the 70s, and at my own bookshelves, I realise what a fertile time this was for fiction, especially for novels and stories written by women. The feminist movement led to a burgeoning of books about female experience, and some male writers seemed to be focusing more on the turmoil and joys of household life. Of course, as in any other period in literary history, all writers were driven by the personal, singular impulses of the imagination. When the following books were first published all those years ago – like
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24 Nov 2021, 6:25am ‘It’s repulsive to me’: the bitter feud of indie-rockers the Wrens
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Their 2003 album The Meadowlands earned them adulation, but a long-promised followup never arrived. Now their frontman is back as Aeon Station – and his former co-writer is very unhappy… Before taking flight as indie-rock heartbreakers the Wrens, Kevin Whelan and Charles Bissell were an awkward, prickly pair who met at a graduation party in an abandoned house. “I never had any friends or girlfriends,” the affable Whelan, 51, says with a self-effacing laugh from the New Jersey home he shares with his wife and sons. “My Saturday night was watching Doctor Who on PBS.” Whelan’s frontman confidence was still a work-in-progress in 1988, so Bissell, a guitar whiz and jazz fiend six years his senior, took him under his wing, lending the nerdy keyboardist an amp to join the party jam. Before long Whelan was paying visits to Bissell’s New York apartment, where he heard his future bandmate debut his first song. “I can even remember it,” says Whelan, grabbing an acoustic guitar to recite his friend’s 33-year-old riff. “From that, we started really getting into what songs could be.”
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24 Nov 2021, 4:30am Readers review Adele’s 30: ‘so powerful’ or a ‘depressive black hole’?
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It’s the biggest album of the year – and Guardian readers are split on whether Adele’s latest magnum mope-us is raw or overdone It’s so upfront and honest. You know exactly the story she’s telling, and even if you haven’t experienced divorce yourself, you feel every word of it. Her voice is sounding better than it’s ever done, using so much more of her range – just listen to Love is A Game. Gone are the lofty metaphors that hint at heartbreak, replaced with extremely raw and naked lyrics that welcome you in to her experiences. I think it’s much more poetic than before. Best album so far.
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24 Nov 2021, 4:25am Kelly Lee Owens wins Welsh music prize for Inner Song
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Techno artist says being ‘recognised by your country is the greatest honour’, after winning prize for the year’s best Welsh album The Welsh music prize, awarded to the best album by a Welsh artist each year, has been won in 2021 by electronic artist Kelly Lee Owens for
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24 Nov 2021, 4:00am The Sweet Spot by Paul Bloom review – the pleasure of pain
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An intriguing scientific investigation into why suffering, from mountaineering to BDSM, so often leads to satisfaction There are more than 200 dead bodies on Mount Everest. Some of these
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24 Nov 2021, 4:00am Rebel Dykes review – the unstoppable rise of the raddest of the radical lesbians
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This delightful documentary celebrates the feminist culture of the 1980s and 90s that transformed life for countless British women Joint directors Siân A Williams and Harri Shanahan’s documentary is a smart, sprightly celebration of some of the punky, crusty, sex- and porn-positive outliers in the
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24 Nov 2021, 3:54am Grammys 2022: Jon Batiste, HER and Justin Bieber lead nominations
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Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X also among those with multiple nominations in top categories The highly versatile, socially conscious pianist, singer and composer
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24 Nov 2021, 2:00am Monsoons and makeshift bikes: childhood resilience in pictures
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From young girls braving the Sulu Sea to schoolkids in Afghanistan, in new book Stories and Dreams Steve McCurry records the strength and curiosity of children around the world
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24 Nov 2021, 1:00am Fishnets, French kisses and fireworks: inside Moulin Rouge! The Musical
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After winning 10 Tony awards on Broadway, an adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s high-kicking, pop song-mashing film hits both the West End and Melbourne. Its creators draw back the red velvet curtain … You’ve never seen so much red velvet. Crimson drapes across the ceiling of London’s Piccadilly theatre, past the crystal chandeliers, the lit-up windmill, the blue jewelled elephant and the neon sign that reads: Moulin Rouge. On stage, there are fishnets, ruffled skirts, sequined bustiers and extravagant feather headdresses. All to make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Paris’s seedy Pigalle circa 1899. Rest assured, if you loved
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24 Nov 2021, 1:00am TV tonight: a deep dig into Tesla’s electric car revolution
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Panorama asks how ethical Elon Musk’s rare-metal supply chain is. Plus: Jimmy Perez concludes his murder case on scary Shetland. Here’s what to watch tonight
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